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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 363   ABV: 12.1%
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Our fourth in the Firehouse Ales Series, Pompier means "fireman" in French and represents our continued commitment to celebrate and honor the men and women who respond to the call day after day. Pompier is rich and smooth with complexities that come from a huge grain bill comprised of premium imported specialty malts, French Strissel Spalt aroma hops and a 3 month aging process in oak hogsheads where it is combined with toasted French oak wood chips and champagne yeast. Pompier is intended to be a vintage quality English-Style Barleywine with a French twist. Appreciate its fine character and 12.1%ABV when we release this single 10 barrel batch sometime in December or you may choose to cellar it for many years to come.

You will find Pompier on retail shelves packaged in the same 1 Liter Swing-Top bottle that has become a signature for our specialty beers.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2009
Bottle at Tampa Crew tasting. Poured a hazy orangeish brown color. Sweet yeasty, fruity aroma. Flavor is very funky abd sweet. Theres definitely some oak in there and fruit maybe plum or cherry. Alcohol is pretty well-hidden. Didnít care for this so much.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tekhna (118) - California, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Bad batch I think, on tap at Dive 75 in New York. Soured. I noticed some other people commented on this, quality control issues perhaps? Wayyy too much oak accentuated by sour nastiness. Iíll try to re-rate. Aroma of oak, some decent head, but a little flat after the head settled. Some potential there I guess, but doesnít mean much if itís gone bad.

1.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 25, 2009
2009 flip-top Bottle - Thanks Toby! - Pours a murky brown with a small tan head...aroma is malty fruit, caramel, tartness...flavour was bitter as shit, some bad bacteria took this one and made it its bitch...sour, quite a bummer...

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BuckeyeBoy (2710) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 22, 2009
1 liter flip top. Pours out a dark hazy brown topped with a small sand head. Aroma was sour with some sweetness. Plenty of wood. Tast was oak, med cab, some fruit and tuns of sour. This bottle was infected!!! A whole 1-liter, what a shame all gone to waste. Sad to say but more than 3/4 of the bottle was dumped out. Thanks Toby. I hope the other bottles you have are good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adrian910ss (2358) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2009
1 liter flip top bottle. Pours a dark rusty caramel with a medium beige head. Aroma of rotting wood, sour cherries, oak wood chips and yeast. Taste of rotting wood, oak wood chips, sour cherries, sour candied sugar and yeast. Alcohol very well hidden.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
notalush (4855) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2009
I am drinking a 1 liter bottle of 12% barleywine all by myself - why the hell does Pennichuck keep putting such high grav beers in such large bottles? - anyway, letís hope I get out of this alive - pours a hazy medium amber, with a fairly impressive lace - loads of oak in the nose, as well as notes of whiskey, caramel, cherries - I should have gauged from the description (aged in oak barrels, WITH oak chips) that this beer would be an oak overload, and it really is - the oak is so dominant that it adds a dry, bitter (nearly sour), almost gin-like character to the beer, which barely makes way for any of the beerís other characteristics - the british barleywine qualities are there (mostly some doughy character, caramel, nuttiness, light oats), but the oak slams the palate so much that you can hardly taste these things - the alcohol is quite well-hidden, though, and once the flavor settles in, the oak is a bit more tolerable - finish is bitter and mildly acidic, with some alcohol warmth - if they lay off some of the oak, this would be much better.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2009
08 swingtop. Maple syrup colored pour with a fine tan head. Aroma and flavor are dominated by a single noted grapefruity hoppiness. Vanilla, whiskey, oak, alcohol, and caramel are there, but are secondary. Definitely would benefit from some age.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4400) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 26, 2009
Aged 1 year. Pours deep mahogany into a snifter. Off-white head pancakes and recedes at a medium fast pace to hug rim. Oak and molasses aromas. Oak upfront and full with a vanilla and coconut middle and a sweet, lasting dark caramel, molasses and alcohol burn.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (3993) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 20, 2009
Dark aroma. Pours very nice sweet barley wine. Good kick to its finish. First time from this brewery. Nice showing and this would age well.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Bottle. Pours an amber brown body with a light tan head. Sweet fruity esters, vinous fruits, light oak, sweet vanilla, loads of malty caramel. Overly sweet might benefit from some time on this one.


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